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April 6, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(14):969. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470140039003

Although gonorrhea, chancroid and syphilis are occasionally conveyed through other channels than that of sexual intercourse, such a mode of transmission must be looked upon as exceptional and accidental; and these diseases, therefore, are with propriety designated venereal. That all are more prevalent than is good for the welfare of society, no one will doubt or deny, and despite various attempts, no measure yet applied has proved successful in their prevention. While the actual exciting agents of syphilis and chancroid have not been isolated with accepted certainty, sufficient is nevertheless known with regard to the mode of propagating these diseases, as well as gonorrhea—the exciting agent of which is agreed to be the gonococcus—to indicate clearly the lines upon which their spread is to be prevented and their ravages restricted. While it must be obvious that as a result of such knowledge much can be done to limit infection, by